2013-11-14 / Nature

Federal Duck Stamp Contest

By Jack Kelly


Male Hooded Merganser, one of the ducks on the list for the Federal Junior Duck Stamp art contest. (Photo by Jack Kelly) Male Hooded Merganser, one of the ducks on the list for the Federal Junior Duck Stamp art contest. (Photo by Jack Kelly) The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Program and Contest will soon be unveiling its 2013-2014 art contest. Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges of Rhode Island will facilitate this year’s competition. Shannon Griffith, a Friends’ board member, is the state coordinator for this innovative program that connects children with nature through science and art. Now in its 22nd year, the Junior Duck Stamp Program is open to all Rhode Island school children in grades K-12.

Students learn about habitat conservation through science, math, technology and the arts, and then create a drawing or a painting of waterfowl to be submitted to the state competition. Winners from each state then compete at the national level, with the winning design used to create the official Junior Duck Stamp for the following year. Through this process, students can express their ideas and creatively share what they have learned about wetlands and waterfowl conservation.

Griffith said, “I am looking forward to working closely with educators statewide to ensure that all of our state’s students have an opportunity to invest their talents in this great program. I am also keenly interested in seeing the wonderful artwork from so many gifted young artists from across our region. This educational and informative program is open to all children from public schools, private schools, and home-schools. A curriculum that teachers may use in their classrooms or for use with homeschooled children is available and will complement science education. We are hoping to make this year’s art contest a great success.”

The unveiling of this year’s competition is slated for early December, but Griffith is available now for any questions or comments on the Art Contest. For more information contact Griffith at sgriffith94@gmail.com, call 315-391-6362 or visit fws.gov/juniorduck.

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